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Becoming Catholic/Confirmation

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Becoming Catholic

Thinking about becoming Catholic or know someone who is? Campus Ministry at Loyola welcomes you to this process of discernment. We offer a full range of tools and support for examination into your own faith and or initiation into the Catholic faith, no matter your starting point.

This information is to help understand the process and aid in discernment.

The RCIA is primarily a journey of faith

The RCIA as a rite, marks stages along the path to full commitment in the Catholic Church; the RCIA as a process, describes in broad terms what this gradual commitment means.

The RCIA is not a class. RCIA is about your journey of faith, wherever your faith may be. "From the awareness of stirring of faith and curiosity within one's heart, to a life of faith, love, and justice lived in communion with Catholics throughout the world.”

The RCIA as formation gradually looks both to the inner transformation of the individual to God's call as given week by week in the lectionary of Scripture readings at the Sunday Eucharist and to the gradual transformation of the person to an active member of the local church wherever he or she lives.

Five Main Stages of the RCIA

During the five stages of the RCIA, a Catechumen or Candidate grows in knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith tradition.

Inquiry

During the period of inquiry candidates look within themselves to find connections to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Catechumenate

The catechumenate embodies the first stages of commitment leading to full membership in the Catholic Church.

Purification

The period of purification and enlightenment corresponds to the Roman Catholic celebration of Lent. This is a period of meaningful prayer and reflection that occurs immediately before participants receive their sacraments of initiation.

Sacraments of Initiation

Candidates and catechumens in Loyola’s RCIA program receive their sacraments the weekend following Easter recess. The sacraments of Baptism, first Holy Communion, and Confirmation are celebrated and participants are welcomed by the community as full members.

Mystagogy

This period of time reminds the whole church that life in Christ constantly calls us to grow and to look for new ways to live the life of grace, personally, and together.

FAQ

How long does it take?

"The Rite of Christian Initiation is not a program. It is the church's way of ministering sensitively to those who seek membership. For that reason some people will need more time than others to prepare for the lifetime commitment that comes with membership in the Catholic Church. The usual length of preparation is from one to two years.”

When are the meetings at Loyola?

During the Spring Semester 2014, meetings will be Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9pm, in Campus Ministry, located in Cohn Hall.

With candidates for Confirmation, those in the R.C.I.A. process are offered opportunities to grow in their faith, in their ability to share about their faith journey, and to cultivate their knowledge about important lessons in the Catholic tradition and spirituality.

How do I get involved?

Any student, faculty, or administrator who is thinking about becoming Catholic, who would like to go deeper in their faith journey, or who would simply like more information can contact the Office of Campus Ministry at CampusMinistry@loyola.edu or 410-617-2222, for specific information. Special thanks to Gerald Chinchar, S.M., for resources on this page.

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When are the meetings at Loyola? 

During the Spring Semester 2014, meetings will be Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9pm, in Campus Ministry, located in Cohn Hall. With those in formation for the RCIA, Candidates for Confirmation are offered opportunities to grow in their faith, in their ability to share about their faith journey, and to cultivate their knowledge about important lessons in the Catholic tradition and spirituality.

How do I get involved?

Contact the Office of Campus Ministry at CampusMinistry@loyola.edu or 410-617-2222.

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